“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt honored those who risked — and lost — their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists invaded the U.S. and attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The 43-year-old actor posted a patriotic photo with rows of American flags alongside a caption thanking those who “risked their lives for us” in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack 21 years ago Sunday.
“Today, we remember those who woke up, kissed their families goodbye, and went to work without realizing they wouldn’t return,” wrote Pratt in a post shared on Instagram and Facebook. “Today, we remember those who risked their lives for us and our country. Forever in our hearts and in memory.”
Among those who commented on Pratt’s post was Jack Carr, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and author of “The Terminal List,” which was also adapted as a television series on Amazon Prime, starring Pratt.
Carr’s comment included praying hands and American flag emojis.
Pratt faced scorn from the left for his role in “The Terminal List” series. The left-leaning outlet The Daily Beast panned the show as an “unhinged, right-wing revenge fantasy.” And, although fans gave the Prime series a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, professional critics only gave it a score of 39% — a chasm seemingly reflective of the political divide so evident in American culture.
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The 43-year-old celebrity offered an indirect rebuke to the show’s critics. At the time, Pratt shared an Instagram post from Carr, who wrote, “We didn’t make ‘The Terminal List’ for critics. We made it for those in the arena.”
Carr, for his part, went on “Fox & Friends” in early August, where he pushed back against those on the left who have argued the show has a clear conservative political bent.
“We don’t mention right, left, conservative, liberal,” said the author. “None of those things are even mentioned. The Daily Beast, in particular, their review was quite mean.”
He went on to say he believes critics are seeing the series through the prism of their own politics.
“They see an American flag and they get upset,” Carr said. “Or they see someone who is competent with weapons and has a certain mindset and holds those in power accountable for their actions [and] they just kind of lose it a little bit.”
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